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St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Rosario Defense Line

Presidio San Agustín

 
 
The Rosario Defense Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
1. The Rosario Defense Line Marker
Inscription.
The Rosario Defense Line
This earthen embankment re-creates a section of the defense wall that protected Spanish St. Augustine against attack in the 1700s. After crossing the natural moat on the outside of the wall formed by Maria Sánchez Creek (now filled), enemy soldiers faced a man-made barrier planted with sharp, dense yucca (Spanish bayonet) and prickly pear cactus. Removing soil from the creek bed to construct the earthwork deepened the moat, making the wall more challenging to scale.

Presidio San Agustín
An elaborate system of fortifications and defense walls made colonial St. Augustine one of the most formidable Spanish military centers in the Western Hemisphere. Defense walls protected the town's three landward sides. Over time the walls' hieight, width, and construction materials changed. But some portion of the defense line stood guard for more than 130 years (1704-1836).
 
Location. 29° 53.799′ N, 81° 18.885′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Cordova Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tolomato Cemetery (within
Profile of the Rosario Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
2. Profile of the Rosario Line
shouting distance of this marker); Tolomato Indian Village (within shouting distance of this marker); The 1886 Old Drugstore (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 400 feet away); Los Floridanos (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 400 feet away); A Microcosm of Urban Archaeology in Downtown St. Augustine, Florida (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, Castles
 
Presidio San Agustín image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
3. Presidio San Agustín
The Rosario Defense Line Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
4. The Rosario Defense Line Marker
The Reconstructed Wall Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
5. The Reconstructed Wall Today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 445 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 11, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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